Love 사랑 (sarang) in Korean is more than just saying Korean love words and phrases to each other like 사랑해요 (saranghaeyo). If you are watching any Korean drama, you can have a glimpse of Korean culture about dating and relationships. If you are a fan of any Kpop group, you will surely have a bias that makes your heart race whenever you see him or her. This will make you want to learn different Korean love words and phrases to express how they feel.
Do you have a crush? Do you have a boyfriend or girlfriend? or just a fan of a handsome Oppa from a Kpop band and Korean drama? If you do, here are some Korean love phrases and words you might want to learn to scream your hearts out. These romantic Korean phrases will definitely make your boyfriend or girlfriend fall in love with you even more.
English translation: I miss you
Have you ever felt like you want to see someone as often as you want to? The perfect word for you to use is 보고 싶어 (Bogo Sipeo). One of the most painful feelings in the world is missing someone. The first manifestation of being in love is that you are missing the one you love very often.
Quick language tip. Koreans do not often say "you" unless you are close with that person.
English translation: I've got a crush on you.
Having a crush on someone never fails to make your heart race. It might not be as serious as "I love you" and "I like you," but it will definitely give you chills when you see that person. A study says that when your crush knows that you have feelings towards him/her, he might suddenly develop feelings for you. There's no harm in trying, anyway.
English translation: I want to be with you
Did you remember the heartbreaking scene in the Korean drama "Crash Landing On You" when Captain Ri Jeong Hyuk have to go back to North Korea, leaving Yoon Se-ri in South Korea? What are the odds that your loved one lived in a place where it is illegal for you to meet? But, like what they say, love knows no distance. That's how badly they want to be with each other. If you are wondering how to express that in Korean, 같이 있고 싶어 (Gachi itgo sipeo), is the easiest way for you.
English translation: I want to see you
Seeing the person, you love even just for a second, will brighten your day. When you miss someone, you will definitely make a way to see that person. Don't just sit there missing someone and not do anything about it. You can say 만나고 싶어 (mannago sipeo) to let him/her know that you wanted to see him/her. To Koreans, dates don't have to be expensive. Even having long walks, food trips in street food carts, and drinks can be considered as a date just like Bo-ra and Sun-woo do in Reply 1988.
English translation: I like you
Saying "I like you" is a common way to confess to someone. In confessing, Koreans usually use this phrase because "I love you" is a deeper feeling. Like is emotion-based, while love is decision-based. When you like someone, you are thrilled to be with him/her, but when you love someone, you find genuine happiness. Remember that when you like someone, it can happen overnight, but it takes time in love.
You can also use this word to express how much you like someone. In English, it means "I like you a lot." However, this would not change the fact that "I love you" is still deeper.
English translation: I love you
Who among us does not want to hear being told, "I love you?" It is one of the best feelings in the world that is really priceless. There are different ways to say I love you in the Korean language, but this is the basic way you can hear from them when watching their dramas. Just like what is stated above, love does not happen overnight. It takes time. You don't easily say I love you / 사랑해 (saranghae) to someone if you are unsure what you really feel.
Another way to say I love you in Korean language is 많이 사랑해 (mani saranghae) to show extra sweetness. This phrase means "I love you a lot" in the Korean language.
Being loved back is also one of the greatest feelings in the world. You do not have to hide your feeling. One-sided love is not easy for some. So, if you have been told "I love you," and you want to reciprocate the feeling, you can say, 나도 사랑해 (nado saranghae), which means "I love you too."
English translation: I love you with all my heart
If you are a guy and want to win someone's heart, you will surely need to bring many romantic Korean love phrases that will make her heart melt. You can use figures of speech like this to exaggerate and express how deeply you are in love. But, like what they say, the heart is not the one that is responsible for regulating our emotional responses. It is the hypothalamus. Can you imagine saying, "I love you with all my hypothalamus?." Probably, not! So, let's stick with 진심으로 사랑해 (jinsimeuro saranghae).
English translation: I’d like you to be my girlfriend or boyfriend.
In dating, Koreans are very particular about unwritten rules. It is better to get to know yourselves as a friend first, before going to a deeper relationship as boyfriends and girlfriends. Did you know that Koreans date at least three times before deciding if they want to be a couple or not? This will give time for you to get to know the person even more. A guy usually asks this question, but there will always be an exemption, especially nowadays.
English translation: I would like to spend more time with you
Time flies so fast when you are with the person you love. You probably wish that you are Kim Shin in Goblin that has control over time. Sadly, you are not, so the only thing you can do is put it into words and say, 랑 더 오래 같이 있고 싶어 (Neorang deo orae gachi itgo sipeo).
English translation: I think of you as more than a friend
Remember when Taek and Jung Hwan fell in love with their childhood best friend Deok Sun in Reply 1988? Did you see how complicated things can get if you fell in love with a friend? It is not bad to fall in love with a friend. In fact, it has a lot of advantages because you knew each other for a long period of time. But, the question is, are you willing to risk your friendship to say, 나는 너를 친구 이상으로 생각해 (naneun neoreul chingu isangeuro saengakhae)
Koreans love to be cutesy in everything they do. But, when we say cute, it's not always for the girls. Guys can be cute too. In fact, they have this term called 애교 (Aegyo) which means "acting cute" in English. In Korea, they don't have strict masculinity standards, unlike in other cultures.
It is important in a relationship to compliment each other with sweet and flattery words that can make them smile. Here are some romantic Korean phrases that you can use to compliment your loved one.
|화장 잘 받았다||hwa-jang-jal-ba-jut-dah||Your make-up looks nice|
|잘 생겼어요!||jal saenggyeosseoyo!||You are handsome!|
|예쁘네요!||yeppeuneyo!||You are pretty!|
|내가 꿈꾸던 여자예요||naega kkumkkudeon yeojayeyo||You are the woman of my dreams|
|내가 꿈꾸던 남자예요||naega kkumkkudeon namjayeyo||You are the man of my dreams|
|매력적이네요!||maeryeokjeogineyo!||You are charming!|
|너무 귀여워요!||neomu gwiyeowoyo!||You are so cute!|
|대단해요!||daedanhaeyo!||You are incredible|
|정말 친절하네요!||jeongmal chinjeolhaneyo!||You are so sweet!|
|감동 받았어||gamdong badasseo||I’m touched|
Tired of common Korean love words and phrases? Why not try these Korean phrases to make it sweeter?
|나는 니꺼야||naneun nikkeoya||I’m yours|
|너에게 반했어||neoege banhaesseo||I’m crazy about you|
|첫눈에 반했어||cheonnune banhaesseo||It was love at first sight|
|내 사랑 당신은 내 행복의 근원이에요||nae sarang dangsineun nae haengbogui geunwonieyo||You are my sunshine, my love|
|당신을 그 어떤 것보다도 더 사랑해요||dangshin-eul geu eotteon geot bodado deo saranghaeyo||I love you more than anything|
|하늘만큼 땅만큼 사랑해||haneul mankeum tang mankeum saranghae||I love you to the moon and back|
|생각하고 있는 것 이상으로 사랑해||saenggakago inneun geot isangeuro saranghae||I love you more than you know|
|말로 표현할 수 없을 만큼 사랑해||mallo pyohyeonhal su eopseul mankeum saranghae||I love you more than words can express|
|시간이 지날수록 더 사랑해||sigani jinalsurok deo saranghae||I love you more and more every day|
|내가 얼마나 사랑하는지 모를 거야||naega eolmana saranghaneunji moreul geoya||You don’t know how much I love you|
|당신은 나에게 무척 소중해요||dangsineun naege mucheok sojunghaeyo||You mean so much to me|
|우리는 천생연분이야||urineun cheonsaengyeonbuniya||We were meant to be together|
|당신 덕분에 난 더 좋은 사람이 되고 싶어졌어요||dangsin deokbune nan deo joeun sarami doego sipeojyeoseoyo||You make me want to be a better man|
|말은 당신을 위한 내 사랑을 설명 할 수 없습니다||mareun dangsineul wihan nae sarangeul seolmyeong hal su eopseumnida||Words can’t describe my love for you|
|백 개의 심장도 너를 향한 내 모든 사랑을 담기에는 너무 모자랄거야.||baek gaeui simjangdo neoreul hyanghan nae modeun sarangeul damgieneun neomu mojaralgeoya.||A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.|
|우리는 천생연분이야||urineun cheonsaengyeonbuniya||We’re a match made in heaven|
|나랑 결혼할래?||Narang gyeor-hon hallae?||Will you marry me?|
|나랑 결혼 해줘||narang gyeolhon haejwo||Let’s get married|
Aside from romantic Korean phrases, there are lots of gestures to express your love. But, take note, Koreans do not show affection to the public (PDA). Yes, you may see some couples who kiss and hug but not too much. Keep that in mind before you say these clingy Korean love phrases.
|안아도 돼?||anado dwe?||Can I hug you?|
|키스해도 돼?||kiss-haedo dwe?||Can I Kiss you?|
|안아 줘!||ana jwo!||Give me a hug!|
|안아주고 싶어||anajugo sipeo||I want to hug you|
|안아줄게||anajulge||I will give you a hug|
|뽀뽀하고 싶어||ppoppohago sipeo||I want to kiss you|
|뽀뽀해 줘||ppoppohae jwo||Kiss me please|
|내 곁에 있어줘||nae gyeote isseo jweo||Stay here with me|
|난 네꺼야||nan ne-kkeoya||I’m yours|
|더 가까이 와요||deo gakka-i wayo||Come closer|
|나랑 사귈래?||narang saguillae?||Will you be my Valentine (girlfriend or boyfriend)?|
Do you ever wonder how Koreans call their special someone? Fun fact, girlfriend call their boyfriends Oppa if he is older than her while boyfriends call their girlfriends Nuna if she is older than him. Aside from this, here are some Korean love words and terms for endearment that you must learn:
|애인||aein||boyfriend or girlfriend|
|뽀뽀||ppoppo||kiss (quick peck)|
|맞선||matseon||blind date for marriage|
Do you want to spice up your Valentine's Day greetings and morning messages? Try these love quotes in Korean language:
|사랑은 그저 사랑이다. 절대 설명 될 수 없다.||Sarangeun geujeo sarangida. Jeoldae seolmyeong doel su eopda.||Love is just love. It can never be explained.|
|당신이 하는 모든 일이 사랑으로 행해지기를.||Dangsini haneun modeun iri sarangeuro haenghaejigireul.||Let all that you do be done in love.|
|내가 당신의 첫 데이트, 키스, 사랑은 아닐지라도 당신의 마지막이고 싶어요.||Naega dangsinui cheot deiteu, kiseu, sarangeun aniljirado dangsinui majimagigo sipeoyo.||I may not be your first date, kiss, or love, but I want to be your last.|
|당신이 만날 때 가장 반갑고 헤어질 때 가장 힘든 사람이 되고 싶습니다.||Dangsini mannal ttae gajang bangapgo heeojil ttae gajang himdeun sarami doego sipsseumnida.||I want to be your favorite hello and your hardest goodbye.|
|만약 인생을 다시 산다면 당신을 더 빨리 찾을 겁니다||Manyak insaengeul dasi sandamyeon dangsineul deo ppalli chajeul geomnida.||If I were to live my life again, I’d find you sooner.|
Fighting and misunderstandings are normal in a relationship. But don't let it come into a breakup. They say the only thing constant in this world is change. There's no such thing as forever. But, hey, there is still a lifetime.
|관심 없어요||gwansim eopseoyo||I’m not interested|
|그냥 가 주세요!||geunyang ga juseyo||Go away!|
|바가지 좀 긁지 마!||bagaji jom geukji ma!||Please stop nagging me!|
|나를 혼자 있게 해주세요||nareul honja itge haejuseyo||Leave me alone|
|내 스타일 아니에요||nae seutairi anieyo||You are not my type|
|우리 관계는 처음부터 문제가 있었어||uri gwangyeneun cheoeumbuteo munjega isseosseo||Our relationship was doomed from the start|
|이제 헤어져||ije heeojyeo||Let’s break up|
Communication in a relationship is important. Learning the different Korean love words and phrases is essential to understand each other. If you want to learn more basic phrases in Korean, there is a separate blog for you. For now, practice everything that you have learned, especially the pronunciation of these words. It is important to say it right because it might lose the meaning of the word.
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